BPCP Names New Executive Director


Matthew Williams, matthew.williams@bpcp.org

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Balboa Park Cultural Partnership Names New Executive Director


Peter Comiskey to help set Balboa Park’s course for next 100 years


Peter Comiskey

SAN DIEGO, CA — The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership (BPCP), a national model for arts and culture institution collaboration, has named Peter Comiskey, an experienced leader and organizer of multi-stakeholder cultural projects, as its new executive director. Coming at a landmark moment in Balboa Park’s history, with planning for the 2015 centennial celebrations underway, Comiskey will work collaboratively with park institution directors, city officials, business and community leaders, and funders to set the course for Balboa Park’s preservation and growth for the next 100 years.


“Peter is the right person to guide the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership to the next level of success. He brings the right mix of business experience, strategic vision, and leadership to this position,” says Deborah Klochko, the BPCP Board President and Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts.


An Australian native, Comiskey has a long track record of bringing together diverse stakeholders to launch and operate public cultural and science programs on two continents. Since 2008, he has served as the Executive Director of the Downtown Anaheim Association, a nonprofit group working with Anaheim city officials, Anaheim’s Redevelopment Agency, and multiple property owners to drive visitation of the city’s downtown precinct through developing and launching a number of major public events.


Upon moving to the US in 1998, Peter assisted in the launch of Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, and then led the US operations of an international tourist attractions group in Baltimore. Returning to California in 2007, he became the founding Executive Director of Anaheim’s MUZEO Foundation, creating a unique model for regional cultural arts venues in the newly rejuvenated downtown Anaheim. Comiskey holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, and bachelors degrees in business and education from Australian universities.


“Leading the future direction of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is a rare opportunity to support the continued growth of our community through culture, the arts and sciences on a grand scale,” says Comiskey. “One of the many exciting characteristics of Balboa Park is the involvement and support of passionate and committed individuals. I look forward to working with each of these groups to identify common interests, maximize our communication, and deliver exceptional experiences that will drive our collaborative success.”


Founded in 2003, the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is a nonprofit organization that provides a means for the 27 Balboa Park institutions to identify and evaluate collective goals in order to achieve greater organizational efficiency, innovation, and excellence, both individually and park-wide. The BPCP’s primary mission is to preserve, enhance, and make accessible the arts, science, and cultural assets of Balboa Park for present and future generations through institutional and community collaboration.



The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership serves as the collaborative body and collective voice for 28 arts, science, and cultural institutions in Balboa Park. Together we achieve greater effectiveness, innovation, and excellence and contribute to the vitality and sustainability of Balboa Park. Our collective 500 trustees, 7,000 volunteers, and 3,500 staff serve more than 6.2 million visitors annually.